3 Best Substitute for Golden Syrup Will Make You Surprised

Last weekend, I was having my sleepover party with my girls. We decided to bake some Anzac cookies for snacking while watching the new season of Games of Thrones.

However, I just realized that I ran out of golden syrup right before I prepared the ingredients. Moreover, it was not that easy to buy it since I could not find it in any of the nearby supermarkets.

I was thinking about using honey instead, but I am not sure whether the taste of the cookies would be the same or not. Therefore, I searched on the Internet for some advice.

Surprisingly, plenty of articles and blogs recommended honey as one of the best substitute for Golden Syrup. There are even more other unimaginable ingredients which can perfectly replace it.

It was my lifesaver!!! So I think it would be too selfish if I did not share my secrets with you. I have read more details about all the substitutes and used them myself to see the outcomes.

In this post, I will list all my favorite replacements for golden syrup and give you a short comparison of them. Follow my post until the end, I am sure it will benefit you next time you cook using golden syrup.


What Is Golden Syrup?

First of all, for those who are still wondering what exactly is golden syrup and what is its usage, I will quickly explain.

Golden syrup is a natural product made from the sugarcane refining process. It can be originated from sugar beet by adding either enzyme or acid. The syrup is also called a light treacle and has a color similar to amber. It is commonly used in diverse cooking recipes, especially for baking and making desserts. It serves as a natural sweetener.


Golden Syrup and sugar have no difference in terms of chemical compositions since they all include 50 percent of glucose and 50 percent of fructose.

In the essence, the former comprises of 44 percent sucrose, 27 percent glucose, 27 percent fructose and 2 percent of other components, while the latter has its fructose and glucose molecules chemically bonded together as sucrose.


Each tbsp of golden syrup has 60 calories and 17g of carbohydrates, being more or less the same with sugar, which contains 49 calories and 12.6 carbohydrates per tbsp.

Therefore, it can be said that there is no clear advantage of utilizing one ingredient over the other in terms of nutrition.

What Are The Most Well-Known Golden Syrups Around The World?

Thanks to its exceptional pleasant taste and flavor, golden syrup has been adopted widely and consequently, you can find it almost everywhere all over the world.

Produced firstly by Tate & Lyle, the Lyle’s Golden Syrup is currently considered as the most well-known brand in the UK.

The brand can be found internationally in Canada and America. You might see some items from other English brands like British sugar or Ragus sugar.

In Australia, Bundaberg Sugar and Smith’s takes over the market with its famous product line, named CSR Limited.

Similarly, Chelsea Golden Syrup has remained its popularity as the most traditional brand since the 19th century in New Zealand.

Among European countries, German product like Zuckerrübensirup by Grafschafter Krautfabrik is very popular.

What Are The Best Substitute For Golden Syrup?

Having carefully considered, I have chosen three out of many other ingredients as the best alternatives for golden syrup. They are LightCorn Syrup, Honey, and Maple syrup.

Now, let me explain each one in more detail so that you can get a clear overview!

My Best Choice: Light Corn Syrup

This is my first choice after reading a lot of reviews on the Internet and having tried myself to bake cookies with it. Corn Syrup (also called Maize Syrup) is originated from corn starch.

 It is commonly used in many recipes with plenty of uses such as preventing sugar crystallization, flavoring, adding volume, softening the texture.

There are two types of corn syrup: light syrup and dark one. While the former is basically a light-color sweetener, the latter is a bit more intense in flavor with caramel color. I would recommend the light one since its taste is closer to Golden Syrup.

Basically, light corn syrup can perfectly replace Golden Syrup in every recipe. There is only slight difference that the corn one has a very mild flavor, while light treacle is uniquely light and buttery.

The Second Choice: Honey

This is a very popular ingredient which everyone must use at least once before.

The prerequisite advantage of this ingredient is 100% natural components, so it is very healthy. Same as Golden Syrup, honey is commonly used for flavoring and sweetening.

However, unlike Golden Syrup or Light Corn Syrup, Honey has quite a strong flavor depending on its varieties. Since it is made from many types of the flower which have different smells and tastes.

Honey can have diverse flavors. Accordingly, it might seriously influence the taste of your dish. So, be careful to decide on its variety when choosing Honey as a substitute for golden syrup.

More notably, Golden Syrup is a flexible binding agent in many recipes, Whilst Honey is not. Honey might change its texture when it is combined with certain constituents.

As a result, the outcomes will be different in diverse dishes. Last but not least, Honey cannot sustain in high heat as light treacle.

Last Choice: Maple Syrup

The last choice in my list is Maple Syrup. It is derived from the sap of sugar maple, red maple or black maple trees. The liquid after being extracted will be boiled until it becomes the pure syrup.

It is classified based on its purity, the more intense it is the darker grade it gets. Regard the taste, light treacle might be slightly sweeter than maple syrup.

One of the obvious advantages of this syrup is its rich nutrition since it is made from purely natural maple sap. Another is its longevity. After being opened, it can be stored in the fridge for a year.

Since making this syrup takes a lot of time and effort, the selling price is fairly high, around $19 for a 50ml bottle. Personally, that is definitely a cons of this substitute.

Moreover, some maple syrups are too runny so sometimes you might end up with biscuits that are ultra soft, which I do not like the most when using Maple Syrup as a substitute.

A little trick is that I sometimes mix Honey with Maple Syrup, and such combination works well in terms of the taste and also the texture!

Overall, I have to admit that golden syrup has its own unique pleasant flavor that others cannot replace it in some dishes.

 If you are so fancy it and do not want to switch to other ingredients, do not worry. You can make it at home. There are tons of simple tutorials and blogs on the Internet that show you how to make your own Golden Syrup. Go and check it out!

Final thoughts

Golden Syrup substitute

That was so far all my favorite substitute for golden syrup. I hope you might find it helpful and enjoy reading my post.

 Please leave a comment if you have used one of those ingredients to replace the golden syrup and let me know what do you think about the results.

By the way, my blog shares a lot of foods substitute such as the substitute for thyme , substitute for celery seed. Check it out :).

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Kevin Richard

Hi all! I’m Kevin. I spend plenty of time in the kitchen every day because I love cooking healthy and delicious foods for my family and friends. Cooking gives me a chance to be creative and fun. It’s also one of the most meaningful ways to express my love and take care of my little family.

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Obi - a couple of years ago

Thanks Richard. Living overseas in a country that has its own sugar industry and golden syrup naught found for love or money. I wonder what they do with it, maybe just refine the lot. Anyway, you rescued my gingerbread men. They pass on their thanks, as I rush about trying to catch them while they mock me with that rhyming ditty.

Sarah - last year

never use or put honey in heat/baked/cooked.

Venticia - 7 months ago

To answer Sarah’s comment would probably be because heat destroys honey’s natural healing properties as it is a very good healing agent.
But, this is not the reason why I am actually commenting here; it’s because of this:

‘Basically, light corn syrup can perfectly replace Golden Syrup in every recipe.’
I totally disagree with that rash statement…(lol)
Try making a batch of my ginger biscuits that calls for golden syrup and substitute it with (ugh)..light corn syrup. Sorry, you will end up with a total mess. Chewy, fall apart ginger biscuits are definitely not what ginger biscuits are all about or should look or taste like.
So, no! You can’t substitute corn syrup in every recipe. Maybe you can, but you shouldn’t. Keep it authentically real.

    Kevin Richard - 7 months ago

    Thank you for your comment,

    That is a good idea that I need to keep in mind in my journey

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